Max Verstappen is at the top of Mercedes’ wish list when world champion Lewis Hamilton decides to retire. That is the firm belief of Christian Horner, the boss of the current racing stable of the Dutch driver in Formula 1, Red Bull.
“I have no doubts about that,” says Horner. “He is the first choice. However, there are alternatives to Mercedes. They also have George Russell, for example. Furthermore, it is of course also true that we have a very good relationship with Max. The rules will also change after the coming season. Who has it? than the fastest car? Many things still play a role. “
It is therefore to Red Bull to supply a competitive car, so that Verstappen can also compete for the world title with his current team. “That is going to be decisive, not all kinds of clauses in his contract. We have to make sure that the conditions for Max are ideal for us.”
Verstappen is under contract with Red Bull until 2023. Lewis, a seven-time world champion, recently signed with Mercedes for just one year. As a result, speculation increased that he will stop after that.